Food Safety

So Your Slow Cooker Recipe Only Takes 4 Hours. Here’s How to Fix It. — Tips from The Kitchn

One of a slow cooker's best characteristics is its ability to cook a meal for you while you do a hundred other things. Dump the makings of a hearty chili into one, let it do its thing while you go about your day, and return home to a warm dinner ready and waiting. The only kicker is that some slow cooker recipes call for a shorter cook time than you want. If you're out for eight hours, a recipe that takes just four hours just isn't going to work. Luckily, those kinds of recipes don't have to be left for weekends. Here's how to add time onto short-cooking recipes and make them fit your schedule.


Put a Quarter on Top of a Frozen Cup of Water Before a Power Outage — Food News

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As Houston and parts of Louisiana recover from Hurricane Harvey, and Florida braces itself for Hurricane Irma, those living in areas impacted have plenty of issues on their mind. Amidst debating evacuation plans, stocking up on emergency items, and generally preparing for the storm, there's one food dilemma for those who plan to flee: Will the contents of their fridge be safe to eat when they return?


How Long Will Raw Chicken Stay Good in the Fridge? — Tips from The Kitchn

It happens to us all: We hit the grocery store over the weekend with the best intentions to cook our way through the week, but the week gets the best of us. We're left with half-empty containers of milk and packages of raw chicken that we can't get to. Just how long do we have until they're spoiled? In terms of that raw chicken, here's how long you actually have.


So You Forget to Defrost the Chicken. Here’s How to Save Dinner. — Tips from The Kitchn

Remembering to thaw the chicken should be easy, right? All you have to do is put it in the refrigerator before you go to bed and, by the next evening when you're ready to cook, it should be good to go. But a lot of things should be easy that aren't, like remembering to buy milk, apply eye cream before bed, or mail the bills on time, or getting your kids to go to the bathroom before a long trip.

So what do you do when you're ready to make dinner and you forgot the most important part? Well, if you're me, you might just go buy a thawed chicken and keep the other one in the freezer for another day, or pick up a bucket of fried chicken. But sometimes those options aren't available. Can this dinner be saved? Maybe!


The One Kitchen Thing That Grosses Microbiologists Out — Cleaning Tips from Kitchn

There's more than one reason your kitchen is even grosser than your bathroom: You clean it less often; you keep it warm, moist, and full of organic matter; and you drop food stuffs on nearly every surface. As for the worst offender? Well, that just might be the object you use the most: your sponge.

"A sponge is bacteria heaven!" says Dr. Chuck Gerba, a professor of microbiology for University of Arizona. "It's wet, dark, and constantly sucking up food." Plus, we use it to wipe up anything from meat juice to milk spills to grease spots, so there's all sort of food for dangerous organisms like salmonella and E. coli to feed on.


Here’s Why You Should Never, Ever Leave A Plastic Water Bottle In Your Car — Food News

If you're guilty of leaving water bottles in your car, whether it be clutter or a backup source of hydration, then it's time to quit the habit. Firefighters are warning drivers about the hazard that clear water bottles pose.


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